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Red Sox at Mariners lineup: Baseball’s back, it’s real, and it’s spectacular

Happy First Sale Day of the year.

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Hello. The Red Sox play the Mariners today. Chris Sale will pitch for the Red Sox and he is very good. Marco Gonzales is probably a lovely human but he is less good at pitching than Chris Sale, so the Sox should probably but it’s baseball so you never know. At least it’s real baseball. I wrote a column earlier today with more Opening Day thoughts so you should read them if you wish this was substantially longer. If you prefer to read about the Mariners in general, check out Matt’s series preview. If you want to know about Seattle, let me know. I got a guy.

I also got the lineups. These were easy because the Sox posted them last night because Opening Day is good. There are two notable changes from last year, First, Andrew Benintendi bats leadoff in front of Mookie Betts, a reversal from the bulk of 2018, the realization of a move Alex Cora announced in the offseason. The other one is spicier: Big Boy Rafael Devers is hacking at the third spot, followed by J.D. Martinez. It’s a beautiful sight. The rest is standard-issue stuff and I could take you through it or you could just read it below. Baseball!!11!!!

Game 1 at Mariners

Lineup spot Red Sox Mariners
Lineup spot Red Sox Mariners
1 Andrew Benintendi, LF Mitch Haniger, RF
2 Mookie Betts, RF Domingo Santana, LF
3 Rafael Devers, 3B Edwin Encarnación, DH
4 J.D. Martinez, DH Jay Bruce, 1B
5 Xander Bogaerts, SS Ryon Healy, 3B
6 Mitch Moreland, 1B Tim Beckham, SS
7 Eduardo Núñez, 2B Mallex Smith, CF
8 Jackie Bradley Jr., CF David Freitas, C
9 Christian Vázquez, C Dee Gordon, 2B
SP Chris Sale, LHP Marco Gonzales, LHP

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM ET.